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"We know what we are, but know not what we may be." WILLIAM SHAKESPEARE

I AM DONE living a life shaped by my fears.



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So, no more Mrs. Doubtfire! I've eliminated almost 100 lbs.!

My story in pictures can be found here:

"[This journey] is not about achieving perfection. It's about achieving a mental and physical TRANSFORMATION. It's about optimizing your strengths, navigating around your vulnerabilities, and goin' for it! ...There can never be, and should never be, perfection in a living thing. There is nothing human about perfection, nothing to endear or inspire." PAMELA PEEKE

"Holy consensus, Batman. With so many 'experts' from Michelle Obama to the USDA to virtually all of the medical professionals (including doctors and dieticians) agreeing that 'Eat Less, Move More' is the way to go, you might think that it is 100% unquestionably true. But here's a queer thought... if we all agree that we know the cure for obesity, and we've spent billions on educations and programs - why are we getting fatter? In other words, why does this 'cure' suck so bad? DR. JASON FUNG

If you can identify with the above statement even a little, you need to watch this series of videos. They changed my life, and they can change yours, too (HINT: weight gain/loss is not about calories):


...and, if you are interested in healing your metabolism to the point of not having to worry about your weight again, then read this 28-part, and counting series (HINT: starvation mode is a lie that keeps you fat):


The Refiners Touch

There was a group of women in a Bible study on the book of Malachi. As they were studying chapter three they came across verse three which says, "He will sit as a refiner and purifier of silver." This verse puzzled the women and they wondered what this statement meant about the character and nature of God.

One of the women offered to find out about the process of refining silver and get back to the group at their next Bible study. That week the woman called up a silversmith and made an appointment to watch him at work. She didn't mention anything about the reason for her interest in silver beyond her curiosity about the process of refining silver. As she watched the silversmith, he held a piece of silver over the fire and let it heat up. He explained that, in refining silver, one needed to hold the silver in the middle of the fire where the flames were hottest so as to burn away all the impurities.
Silver smith putting heat to a silver bowl

The woman thought about God holding us in such a hot spot - then she thought again about the verse, that He sits as a refiner and purifier of silver. She asked the silversmith if it was true that he had to sit there in front of the fire the whole time the silver was being refined. The man answered that yes, he not only had to sit there holding the silver, but he had to keep his eyes on the silver the entire time it was in the fire. For if the silver was left even a moment too long in the flames, it would be destroyed.

The woman was silent for a moment. Then she asked the silversmith, "How do you know when the silver is fully refined?" He smiled at her and answered, "Oh, that's the easy part -- when I see my image reflected in it."

If today you are feeling the heat of the fire, remember that God has His eye on you and will keep His hand on you and watch over you until He sees His image in you.

~ AUTHOR UNKNOWN (Malachi 3:3)

Member Since: 1/9/2008

My Goals:

- eliminate 100 - 140 lbs (not really sure what 'normal' for me should look like)... or whatever gets me to 20% BMI

- be as generous and loving with myself as I am on behalf of others.

- WRITE: because I owe God an answer!

My Program:

* READ/LEARN: to transform my mind. Where my mind goes, my body will follow!

* PARTICIPATION on SPARK People to keep me motivated and moving forward

Personal Information:

I am Ramona! I am 55 years old, married 16 years to my very best friend and biggest supporter, and mom to a most amazing 12 year old daughter. I live in central Canada.

For the beginning of my journey, and for personal details see:
http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_ public_journal_ individual.asp?blog_id=910274

If you really want to know even more about me than is already reflected in my blog, just ask! :)

NOTE: My weight tracker is not a truthful representation of my weight. Instead, I am using it as a tool to help me visualize my goal as though it's already been achieved!
(Tom Venuto)

Other Information:

"I choose to know the truth about myself no matter how beautiful it is."

"Lifestyle is unencumbered by obstacles. This means that the things I keep tripping over are something other than obstructive. They are instructive, and part of the directions on my map. Lifestyle is intentional and specific to me. Lifestyle is experiencing, expressing and enjoying every aspect of my life intensely and ardently to the full." - ME -

"Justification and rationalization are only mental masturbations - in the end, you only screw yourself."

"The greatest day in your life and mine is when we take total responsibility for our attitudes. That's the day we really grow up."

"Courage, sacrifice, determination, commitment, toughness, heart, talent, guts. That's what little girls are made of; the hell with sugar and spice."

"If your dreams don't scare you, they're not big enough!" - TOM VENUTO

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  • v DEBVNE
    There is a lot to be said about courage. Grief has brought this home for me. I stopped by to let you know I was thinking of you. Love your energy and zest for life, your status update says it all. Be well, find some fun!
    55 days ago
  • v ABURRIS2
    emoticon Thanks for the welcome back, Ramona. Looks like I have some reading to do here...
    64 days ago
    I just read a lot of your blogs and posts, documenting your journey, and I just wanna say: I THINK I LOVE YOU! emoticon emoticon emoticon You have shown me that there is another way and hope to reach goals, no matter how large they are (pun intended.) Love your writing style, too! Thanks for sharing your journey and your life.
    76 days ago
    You are so encouraging and supportive. So glad to be on this journey with you
    91 days ago
    Thank-you for visiting my blog on living single. I really appreciated your message on the blog and your insight. I agree, why as women are we so readily willing to cut one another down for not living within a stereotype frame? My sister'n'law is a stay at home mother and I would drag people to the river, to feed them to the Sturgeon, if they implied that she has nothing to contribute to the conversation or world. We all wear many hats in our roles as women and we should be applauding one another for our lives, not dragging each other down - which you stated to me, far more beautiful than I am. I also stand with you and applaud your words, insight and your life choices....as you have done with me. emoticon
    92 days ago
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